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Bill Hayton

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BBC World News Broadcaster and Journalist

Expert on the Geopolitics of South East Asia

Author of “South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia” and “Vietnam: Rising Dragon”

Bill Hayton began his journalistic career with a focus on the Middle East. His first ever assignment, in 1995 was to travel to Iran and interview Ayatollah Ali Akbar Mohtashemi and ask him if he organised the Lockerbie bombing. Later, while working for Dow Jones TV, Bill helped set up the launch and then ran the al Jazeera (Arabic) business programme for 18 months.

In 1999 he began to focus on European affairs, covering the strategic reorientation of NATO and developments in Central and Eastern Europe following the conflicts of the 1990’s.

In 2006 Bill spent a year as the BBC’s reporter in Vietnam which prompted his first book “Vietnam: Rising Dragon” which was published in 2010. This was followed in 2014 by his next book “The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia” which explores and explains the disputes in this crucial area of the world to a general audience.

Bill currently works for BBC World News TV and has previously worked at APTN, CNBC, European Business News and Sky News.

In 2013 he spent a year embedded with Myanmar’s state broadcaster, MRTV, consulting in the restructuring of the organisation and the introduction of new technology. He helped develop two new TV programmes in Myanmar covering Parliamentary news and current affairs.

Bill’s wide experience enables him to speak expertly on the geopolitics of the South East Asia region, including Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar and China.

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